Theology Department, Gerber Institute bring speakers to Newman campus

In an effort to help the university community prepare for October's Ordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family, the Newman University Department of Theology and the Gerber Institute for Catholic Studies are bringing two speakers to campus.

Leila Lawler

Author and blogger Leila Lawler will talk about the Christian family at 7 p.m. Sept. 10 at Newman.

Leila Lawler, the author of The Little Oratory: A Beginner’s Guide to Praying in the Home, will make a presentation at 7 p.m. on Sept. 10 in the Dugan-Gorges Conference Center.

Lawler is a popular Christian blogger on www.likemotherlikedaughter.org and recently appeared on EWTN’s At Home with Jim and Joy. She will be speaking on order and wonder in the Christian family. Lawler’s passion is to help families pursue together "the good, the true, and the beautiful" which is to be discovered in the supernatural life of Christ.

"This evening will be like a mini-retreat as we prepare with the rest of the Church for the Ordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family in October," said Newman Assistant Professor of Theology Matthew Umbarger, Ph.D.

Teresa Kenney

Teresa Kenney will speak about health issues and ethics Sept. 17 at the Dugan-Gorges Conference Center.

The following week Teresa Kenney, a nurse practitioner with the Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction in Omaha, Neb., will speak at 7 p.m. on Sept. 17, also in the Dugan-Gorges Conference Center.

She will share news of the exciting work being done at the institute and address ethical questions and concerns related to sexuality and reproductive health.

Umbarger said these issues are always timely in the modern world.

For more information about either talk, contact Umbarger at umbargerm@newmanu.edu or 316-942-4291, ext. 2157.

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